Why I Support #WeHelpNepal
Two devastating earthquakes in Nepal have claimed the lives of over 8,000 people, injured more than 10,000, and left many more homeless.
Here at ReThink we have been following the relief efforts taking place, offering prayers of consolation for those who have lost so much, as well as giving thanks when survivors are miraculously pulled from the rubble days after disaster struck.
Beyond the news headlines and social media posts, we have had the opportunity to monitor developments through updates from Kesang Yudron and Tenzin Tsomo, Nepalese college classmates of ReThinker, Aisha Sylvester. As we watched pictures of teams sifting through debris and packaging supplies to send to remote villages, we asked ourselves, what can we here in Trinidad and Tobago do to help?
Only two days before the earthquake struck, the United Nation’s World Happiness Report named T&T the Happiest nation in the Caribbean for the second year in a row. Like any other country, we have our struggles, however the findings of this report indicate that we have a great deal to be grateful for – especially in comparison to those currently suffering in Nepal.
As ReThinkers we stand by the principle that ‘Happiness is only real when shared’ so we are asking Trinbagonians who are #HappytoHelp, to open their hearts and share some of their happiness with Nepal in its time of need. Through the organisation #WeHelpNepal, we are encouraging people who can, to donate even the smallest amount to locally led, corruption-free relief efforts. Visit www.wehelpnepal.org/happytohelp and join thousands of others working with #WeHelpNepal.
To see the work your donation will be in aid of, click here for updates from volunteers on the ground in Nepal.
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ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN
We are not a traditional disaster relief organization.
We Help Nepal is network of artists, business owners, doctors, teachers and development workers who have lived or are currently living in Nepal. We are united by our mutual connection to Nepal and our commitment to alternative development models.
Our expertise comes from our awareness of the Nepali social and political landscape, and our connections to local organizations that are beneath the international radar.
The recent earthquake was a natural disaster intensified by the man-made forces of rapid development, poverty, and conflict driven displacement. This fund will support immediate earthquake relief and rebuilding efforts rooted in a philosophy of relief to self-reliance, disaster to sustainable development.
We recognize that in this tragedy there are seeds of hope that will sprout from the rubble.
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- Raise funds for earthquake recovery based on mutual trust, financial transparency, and full accountability.
- Use our decades of experience in Nepal to empower grassroots relief organizations that build long-term networks of self-reliance.
- Support local organizations doing community-level work that have the capacity to lead disaster relief and recovery efforts.
Our Projects and Partnerships
Criteria for supporting projects:
- Locally-led and staffed
- Corruption-free – money supports need, not greed
- Build capacity at the community level
- Support long-term resilience and autonomy
- Committed to social justice and sustainability
Who we are
Finance, Communications, and Project Coordination:
Lilia Villa, Christine Kolisch, Craig Lovell, Bodhi Garrett, Forrest Grant, Greg Voelm, Nat Needham, Amanda Needham, Christopher Gish, Lucy Draper-Clarke, Manohari Upadhyaya, Anniina Rantala, Nicole Lemmo, Monica D’Onofrio
On the Ground Project Leaders:
Keshab & Sushma Regmi, Kesang Sherpa, Anne McGuinness, Mitchell Silver, Kishor Lohani, Dr. Kiran Awasthi, Jenny Adhikari, Pawel Skawinski, Neelam Pradhananga, Sandesh Poudel, Naina Rawal, Som Lama, Raghunath Neupane and Krishna Basnet